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Future Is Cooking Up Bangers With DJ Khaled

Future’s 2016 has been undeniably strong. Not only did he release his new album EVOL, he was able to smash the summer with his incredible tour with Drake. Now, it appears that the “March Madness” rapper is once again in the studio brewing up some magic with his partner-in-crime, DJ Khaled. The 20-second clip finds Future and Khaled laying down some new heatrock, leaving us to wonder what else they have in store for the future. If you recall, Khaled tapped Future for his singles “I Got the Keys” and “Do You Mind.” Is Future preparing to lace up his boots and finally release Beast Mode 16? With only two more months left, we can only hope that he lives up to his promise and release the sequel to his long-anticipated mixtape. Last month, Zaytoven revealed that the project was finished and that he is waiting on Future to give him the word to finally release it.

20th October 2016 15:51


DJ Khaled is working on a book titled "The Keys."

DJ Khaled is working on a book titled "The Keys." We're about to receive Lil Wayne's memoir in the coming week, Gucci Mane recently announced his own book deal, and next up in the rap game to take on the book game is DJ Khaled. The Major Key DJ is prepared to share the keys of success in his upcoming book, titled "The Keys," for which the cover was unveiled yesterday. The book will reportedly explain Khaled's philosophy for success, real life Khaled stories, as well as some additional mogul talk provided by the likes of Lyor Cohen, LA Reid, Diddy, Jay Z and more. Khaled says of the book, "THEY tried to hide the keys from me when I was coming up. Now I’ve mastered the keys and I want to let everybody know that these are keys from my perspective. This book will help you follow your vision as long as you have passion, dedication, blood, sweat and tears, and especially ignore when THEY try to bring you down. Major Key, I wish I had this book when I was coming up. This my passion pain success, blessing and more wins! We the best!" The book is due out on November 22nd.

30th September 2016 14:35


Kanye West Confirms Collaborative Album With Drake

As if their “Calabasas is the New Abu Dhabi” billboard wasn’t a big enough hint, Kanye West confirmed he and Drake have a collaborative album on the way. On the eve of his Yeezy Season 4 unveiling in NYC, the “Fade” star took the time to speak to Vogue about the collection and what he hopes to accomplish with Adidas going forward. On the music tip, he said, “We’re just working on music, working on a bunch of music together, just having fun going into the studio. We’re working on an album, so there’s some exciting things coming up soon.” The aforementioned billboard is on display in Los Angeles, stamped with the G.O.O.D. Music angel and OVO’s owl showing the camaraderie between the two camps. Neither of the rap superstars are strangers to joint projects, with Kanye going bar for bar with Jay Z on Watch the Throne and Drizzy being taken into Future‘s hazy world on What a Time to be Alive. While a release date has yet to be mentioned, expect the hype for the collaborative album to be through the roof.

9th September 2016 12:48


Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’ Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 chart

It’s official—Frank Ocean has the No. 1 album in the country. The 28-year-old R&B singer’s sophomore album, Blonde, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Frank didn’t disappoint with the highly-anticipated album as he brought on the likes of Beyoncé, André 3000, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Kendrick Lamar, James Blake, and Tyler, the Creator for featured guests. It was unclear whether or not Blonde sold enough to make it to the top spot last week since it was released exclusively on Apple Music. But Blonde ultimately sold 232,000 traditional album sales. With streams, it racked up 276,000 units including streams, according to Nielsen Music. Blonde serves as Ocean’s first No. 1 album. (His 2012 effort, channel ORANGE, debuted and peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart.) It also nabbed the third largest opening week in 2016 after Drake’s Views and Beyonce’s Lemonade. Not to mention it’s also charting at No. 1 in the UK and in Australia. Ocean has yet to make a statement about his latest win but after the release of the album, he thanked his tireless fans who consistently begged for the release of his sophomore album. “I had the time of my life making all of this. Thank you all. Especially those of you who never let me forget I had to finish. Which is basically every one of ya’ll. Haha. Love you,” read his Tumblr post. The album was released independently through Ocean’s Boy’s Don’t Cry imprint. As for Endless, the album Ocean released one day before Blonde to fulfill his contractual obligation to release another effort through Def Jam, is not eligible for Billboard charts since it is not available to purchase. Read More: Frank Ocean's 'Blonde' Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart |

30th August 2016 11:20


Drake Brings Out Eminem in Detroit, Says He’s ‘The Greatest Rapper to Ever Touch a Microphone’ Read More: Drake Brings Out Eminem in Detroit, Says He's 'The Greatest Rapper to Ever Touch a Microphone'

Drake and Eminem proved it’s all love between Tuesday night (Aug. 16) at Drake’s stop at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit for his Summer Sixteen Tour. Eminem rose from a platform under the stage to perform his verse on Drake’s 2009 song, “Forever,” causing the his hometown crowd to go crazy. The two gave an energetic performance before Drake let the crowd know exactly what he really thinks about Eminem. “Make some noise for the greatest rapper to ever touch a microphone,” he said to the crowd, before bowing to Slim Shady. Drake bringing Eminem out on stage is significant, since a couple of weeks ago, the Internet went crazy when Hot 97’s Ebro suggested the two had plans to diss each other. The move pissed Drake off and he denied there was any truth to the rumor. Ebro later said the whole thing was a joke. Now, Drake and Eminem’s display of love should forever end any discussion about whether or not the two are friends or not, and quell any linger thoughts about whether that beef Ebro made up actually had some legs to it. Short answer? No. Eminem also posted a picture of the two on Instagram, and simply captioned it, “Views from the The Joe. #WelcometoDetroit.” Read More: Drake Brings Out Eminem in Detroit, Says He's 'The Greatest Rapper to Ever Touch a Microphone' |

17th August 2016 15:06


How Usher’s ‘8701’ Transcended Him from Teen Heartthrob to R&B’s Leading Man

Making the transition from teeny-bopper heart-throb to a leading man and bonafide sex symbol has been a crap-shoot in many genres, but especially in R&B. For every Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson, there’s a Tony Thompson and Ralph Tresvant. Even Bobby Brown, who was once crowned the King of R&B during his peak, suffered a steep fall from grace before he was in his mid-20s. With Brown’s downslide, it left behind a vacant spot for the next R&B contender to step in and fill. Enter Usher Raymond IV. Usher, who would be the next great R&B hopeful to successfully evolve into a true adult superstar. That evolution, which was spurred by the singer’s multi-platinum sophomore album, My Way, was completed with his third LP, 8701, which arrived in August of 2001. The album, which came four years after the release of My Way, would be the one album out of Usher’s catalog that had the most riding on it. But as he had just proved with his previous outing, expectations have been nothing but fuel for Usher since he first stepped into the music industry. After deciding to dedicate his life to music in 1987, which is in-part the inspiration behind the title, 8701, Usher would make his first foray into the music biz as a member of a local quintet called NuBeginnings, appearing on the album, NuBeginning Featuring Usher Raymond IV. The album, which was only available regionally and through mail-order, would fail to catch on and Usher’s mother, who also doubled as his manager, would pull him out of the group, instead deciding to embark on a career as a solo act. After an impressive appearance as a contestant on Star Search, Usher caught the eye of a talent scout for industry titan L.A. Reid’s record label, LaFace Records, which housed some of the hottest R&B talent at the time. Signing the young, charismatic performer on the spot after an impromptu audition, Usher became the hit factory’s newest act, and would immediately make a good first impression with his debut single, “Call Me a Mack,” which Usher contributed to the soundtrack for the 1993 film, Poetic Justice. The teenage ladies man would begin work on his eponymous solo debut, honing his craft under the tutelage of Sean “Puffy” Combs. After being whipped into shape and molded by the fast-paced lifestyle in New York City, LaFace unleashed Usher’s debut album in August of 1994, which peaked at No. 25 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Spawning three successful singles, one of which – “Think of You” – landed at No. 7 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, Usher would establish himself as a young artist with promise, but failed to light the world on fire in comparison to fellow young R&B acts like Tevin Campbell, Aaliyah, Brandy, and Monica, all of whom had achieved platinum success while Usher would fail to go gold until much later after its release. His future in the music industry in limbo, Usher retreated to the open-mic and live showcase circuit, continuing to build his chops as a singer, as well as his fan base, impressing L.A. Reid enough to bet the bank on Usher and throw the kitchen sink into his sophomore album, My Way.

8th August 2016 12:27


Kanye West Goes on Twitter Rant: ‘This Tidal Apple Beef is F—ing Up the Music Game’ Read More: Kanye West Goes on Twitter Rant: 'This Tidal Apple Beef is F---ing Up the Music Game'

The streaming service wars are heating up as Tidal and Apple music battle for subscribers. But it looks like Kanye West is tired of the “d— swinging” contest and wants the two giants to come to a resolution. On Saturday (July 30), Yeezy went on his Twitter account and lashed out at Tidal and Apple for their ongoing beef, which he feels his holding back artists from releasing music to their fans. “This Tidal Apple beef is f—ing up the music game,” he tweeted, adding, “F— all this d— swinging contest. We all gon be dead in 100 Years. Let the kids have the music.” West also demanded that Apple executives Tim Cook, Jimmy Iovine and Larry Jackson schedule a meeting with himself, Jay Z, Drake and manager Scooter Braun to discuss the issue(s) between the two services. We are not exactly sure what happened that would make West jumped on on Twitter and bark at Tidal and Apple executives, but it may have something to do with the rumors that Apple is in talks about acquiring Tidal from Jay Z. “Apple give Jay his check for Tidal now and stop [trying] to act like you Steve,” West finished his rant, referring to late Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Read More: Kanye West Goes on Twitter Rant: 'This Tidal Apple Beef is F---ing Up the Music Game' |

1st August 2016 16:24


Drake Fires Back At Joe Budden While On The Summer Sixteen Tour

Drake is definitely looking for revenge, all Summer Sixteen. The rapper has been the subject of multiple diss records this month, all from Joe Budden. Joe claims he’s hurt by Drizzy and plans to drop a record until he responds — and he got his wish. During a show in Dallas for his Summer Sixteen Tour, Drake took shots at the Slaughterhouse rapper while addressing the audience. Drizzy joked that he should have invited Joe to come out and perform his 2003 hit “Pump It Up,” then followed it up with, “F*ck them n***as, man.”

25th July 2016 12:35



Music moguls Jay Z and Beyoncé have plenty to brag about this week after landing atop financial publication Forbes’ “Highest-Paid Celebrities” of 2016 list. Over the past 12 months, Jayoncé have banked over $100 million. Beyoncé continues to live up to her royal nickname: Queen B and husband Jay Z are this year’s highest-paid celebrity couple, raking in a regal $107.5 million over the past year. The sultry songstress pulled in $54 million, good enough to claim the No. 34 spot on our upcoming Celebrity 100 list—the annual ranking of the world’s top-earning superstars, which will be released tomorrow morning. Jay Z finished a smidgeon behind, taking the No. 36 slot with a $53.5 million tally. (Forbes) Last month, reports surfaced about technology giant Apple aiming to purchase Jay’s TIDAL streaming service. Apple is exploring the idea of bringing on Tidal to bolster its Apple Music service because of Tidal’s strong ties to popular artists such as Kanye West and Madonna. The talks are ongoing and may not result in a deal, these people said. Terms of the potential deal aren’t known. (Wall Street Journal) Some reports suggested Jay Z’s name attached to TIDAL could be a huge factor in the potential deal going down. Tidal has about 4 million paying subscribers, according to the WSJ. (For context, Apple Music has 15 million.) Those can’t automatically be moved over to Apple Music, but Apple should be able to persuade many of them to come over. It has whatever Jay-Z brings to the table for consumer marketing and artist relationships. (Recode) TIDAL partner T.I. recently talked and compared its services to competitors like Apple Music. “I think it’s already distanced itself from the other platforms simply because we have more unique usages. There are things that you can come to TIDAL for that you can’t go to the other two services and get. There are things that you can get on the TIDAL platform that you cannot get anywhere else. It exceeds exclusive music. Although it includes exclusive music, I don’t know anywhere else where you can go and get something that’s comparable to the TIDAL X performances or concert series. I don’t know of another platform where you can go get that. I don’t know of another platform where you could go get exclusive content like “Money & Violence” that has a cult following and dynamic feel of the culture and the community. I think it’s diverse in a way that sets itself apart from many of the other considerable mentions in this league.” (SOHH)

13th July 2016 14:06


Frank Ocean Planning to Drop ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ This Month?

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Frank Ocean fans have been waiting, begging and pleading for the singer-songwriter to deliver his album Boys Don’t Cry, and they may have gotten a glimpse as to when the highly-anticipated project will finally be released. Ocean’s website,, was updated with a picture of an old-fashion library card, and it alludes to a possible July release date for the album. The card has many stamped dates, one marking July 2, through a time period of one year. The July 2 date is followed by other dates, some stamped and crossed out, and a final July 2016 stamp. Fans believed that Boys Don’t Cry would be released July 2015, but that obviously didn’t happen. So this cryptic message could mean that the wait is over, or it could mean that he’s officially begun prepping the album. Or it could mean something else, entirely. Ocean’s Grammy Award-winning album Channel Orange was released four years ago. Last week, Twitter overreacted to images of Ocean in nurse’s scrubs that began circulating online. The pics were from his 2011 “Thinking of You” video, but some assumed that he’d retired from music to pursue a career in the medical field. That obviously wasn’t the case. So here’s hoping that this is finally an indicator of new Frank Ocean music of some kind–whether it’s Boys Don’t Care or some altogether different project.

5th July 2016 13:04


Gucci Mane Is Back With ‘First Day Out Da Feds’ (NEW MUSIC)

Gucci Mane surprised the hip-hop community earlier this week, when he appeared on his longtime girlfriend Keyshia Ka’oir’s social media accounts to reveal he was released from prison. While he’s not allowed to do whatever he wants at the moment, he is allowed to be in the studio. Less than 24 hours after being released, Gucci Mane hit the studio with fellow ATLien Mike WiLL Made-It and recorded his first post-prison song, “First Day Out Da Feds.” Gucci and Mike WiLL premiered the song this morning on Power 105’s The Breakfast Club. “It’s a lot of people scared of me and I can’t blame ’em/ they called me crazy so much, think I’m starting to believe ’em/ I did some things to some people that was down right evil,” raps Gucci. “Is it karma coming back to me, so much drama.” Look out for Gucci’s new mixtape First Day Out Da Feds, which drops tonight at 10:17 p.m. EST.

26th May 2016 11:13


Prince Is Reportedly Dead At 57

According to authorities, Prince was found unresponsive inside the elevator of his Paisley Park home in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Cause of death has yet to be determined. Which Jay Z Album Are You? Which Jay Z Album Are You? Whoopi Goldberg, Kate Hudson, & More Read Kanye West’s Most Dramatic Tweets Whoopi Goldberg, Kate Hudson, & More Read Kanye West’s Most Dramatic Tweets Fetty Wap Inspires Young Fan To Be His True Self Fetty Wap Inspires Young Fan To Be His True Self Remembering Nina Simone: 5 Moments That Stole Our Hearts Remembering Nina Simone: 5 Moments That Stole Our Hearts Forbes Releases 2016 List Of The Richest People In The World Forbes Releases 2016 List Of The Richest People In The World Kobe Bryant’s Biggest MVP Moments, On And Off The Court Kobe Bryant’s Biggest MVP Moments, On And Off The Court Home » The Sound » Prince Is Reportedly Dead At 57 Prince Is Reportedly Dead At 57 Comments: 1 | Leave A Comment Apr 21, 2016 By Blog Xilla FacebookTwitterMore 2015 American Music Awards - Show Source: Kevin Winter / Getty UPDATE: Thursday, April 21 3:40 p.m. According to authorities, Prince was found unresponsive inside the elevator of his Paisley Park home in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Cause of death has yet to be determined. — Prince is reportedly dead at 57 years old. According to TMZ, the legendary singer’s body was found at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota early Thursday morning. He was previously reported to have been battling the flu. TMZ writes: Authorities responded to a medical emergency at his Paisley Park studio on Thursday morning. The Carver County Sheriff’s department in Chanhassen, Minnesota tells TMZ there has been a fatality, and they’re notifying next of kin. According to the Sheriff’s dept … deputies responded to Paisley Park at 9:43 AM. Prince Rogers Nelson — had a medical emergency on April 15th that forced his private jet to make an emergency landing in Illinois. But he appeared at a concert the next day to assure his fans he was okay. May he rest in peace.

22nd April 2016 12:54


Chris Brown Set To Release “Welcome To My Life” Documentary

Chris Brown has been in the press for all sorts of messiness these past few years, and now he’s ready to tell his own side of the story. The 26-year-old took to Instagram to debut the cover art for his upcoming documentary titled, “Welcome to My Life,” directed by Andrew Sandler and produced by Riveting Entertainment. The tagline featured on the cover reads, “He went from being America’s sweetheart to public enemy number one.” So if we’re interpreting that correctly, it seems Breezy is ready to set the record straight about his past controversies and troubled image. During the course of his 12-year career, Chris went from being a charming young R&B sensation to a bad boy in his own right. His squeaky clean image was marred by the 2009 domestic incident involving his ex-girlfriend Rihanna. He’s also been in a slew of public disputes, beefs with other celebrities and child custody drama. Through it all, Chris has insisted that he’s more of a target than a threat, and pegs his run-ins with the natural pressures that come with fame. No release date for the film has been confirmed, but we’re anxious to see exactly what kind of tea will be spilled.

23rd March 2016 14:15



Wretch 32 first worked with Drum and Bass star Wilkinson back in 2014, when the two collaborated on ‘6 Words’, and now returns the favour by jumping on the producer’s massive new single ‘Flatline’. The track fuses Wilkinson‘s brand of high octane Drum and Bass with Wretch 32‘s lyricism as he reflects on our self-obsessed, social media fuelled generation. “I wanted to do something different with this record,” explains Wilkinson. “I wanted to keep it on a drum and bass tip but work with an artist to bridge the DNB and hip hop scenes in an interesting and distinctly British fashion. I’m into REAL rappers and personally for me, the finest lyricist in the UK is Wretch. He’s a rappers rapper! His punchlines and delivery are incredible and I’m really happy with how the record turned out!”

16th March 2016 14:37


ScHoolboy Q’s New Album Will Arrive This Spring

ScHoolboy Q’s new album is closer to release than you think. Back in January, the TDE rapper teased his forthcoming new single “Groovy Tony” with a 15-second Instagram video. Since then, we haven’t heard much from him, but according to Top Dawg, Q’s album is coming this spring. It’s been two years since ScHoolboy released his major label debut Oxymoron. Now, his album is set to arrive around the same time we’re expecting Drake and Beyonce’s new ones.

26th February 2016 12:38


Gwen Stefani Announces New Album On Twitter

Gwen Stefani released The Sweet Escape back in 2006, but she’s back with her first album in almost a decade. Gwen made the announcement on Twitter with a picture of a handwritten track listing. The album’s presumably titled This Is What The Truth Feels Like…, but it’s not officially confirmed. The 12-track LP features Gwen’s lead single “Used To Love You,” which was a breakup ballad written about her ex-husband Gavin Rossdale. The album’s next single is titled “Make Me Like U,” which could be a message to her new X-Factor bae, Blake Shelton. The tracklisting doesn’t list any features, but in previous interviews, the No Doubt frontwoman mentioned that she was reuniting with frequent collaborator/X-Factor colleague Pharrell Williams. Unfortunately, the album has no release date, but stay tuned; it could be arriving sooner than you think.

12th February 2016 12:50


Jay Z’s Label Countersues Rita Ora For Millions

It’s a sad day for Rita Ora. According to reports, Jay Z’s label, Roc Nation, is suing the UK star for over $2 million. Roc Nation is claiming that Rita did not hold up her half of the contract deal, which required her to produce five albums — the singer has only produced one. Rita’s first album Ora dropped in 2012, and the label also added that millions of dollars were spent on marketing and developing her second album which has yet to be released. The lawsuit comes after the British star filed a claim stating the label stopped giving her adequate attention. She says this happened after the label began managing professional athletes. Rita’s suit went on to state, “As Roc Nation’s interests diversified, there were fewer resources available and the company suffered a revolving door of executives. Rita’s remaining supporters at the label left or moved on to other activities, to the point where she no longer had a relationship with anyone at the company.” According to sources, the dispute may not last very long. Both Rita and Jay both want to sever ties with one another and end this issue as quickly as possible. Howard King, Rita’s attorney, said of the feud, “Jay Z has personally and graciously promised Rita complete freedom from Roc Nation, the details of which are now being finalized. We believe that Roc Nation’s distributor, Sony Music, has required Roc Nation to file this action to preserve whatever rights Sony might have pending resolution.” We’ll see how this case plays out.

4th February 2016 10:50


The Game Pledges To Donate $1,000,000 To Flint, Michigan Amid Current Water Crisis; Rapper Shares Photo Of Bank Wire

The Game has shared a photo of the $500,000 that he has pledged to donate to Flint, Michigan amid the City’s current water crisis. The rapper took to Instagram to share a screenshot of the wire transfer to Avita Water. Despite being on tour in Europe, The Game is still keeping abreast of the latest news and developments at home, in particular the current water crisis that’s impacting the City of Flint, Michigan. Taking to Instagram today (January 26), the Compton, California rapper revealed that he will be donating $500,000 of his own money to Flint’s current water disaster, with the other $500,000 coming from Avita Water, a water producer and bottling company whose water is sourced from Michigan’s Au Sable Forest. The Game also revealed that the first batch of supplies will consist of 1,400 cases of water (the equivalent of around 33,000 bottles) and will be available today from 1pm EST at the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. The address is as follows: Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, 2300 Lapeer Rd, Flint, MI 48503. The Game’s Instagram post can be read in its entirety below: So, I’m on tour & not in the US as I’d like to be to help with this water crisis in Flint, Michigan 1st hand….#1 because my younger sister & her children live there & 2nd because I care….. Most of these celebs on here faking using the word “Pledge” in their so called donations are not fooling anyone !!!! The truth is the population in Flint, Michigan is about 105,000 people & it takes at least 9 bottles per person a day just to use to bathe, brush their teeth, drink & cook with… So on behalf my charity@TheRobinHoodProject I am donating $1,000,000 in water…. $500,000 coming out of my own pocket & the other 1/2 being met by @AvitaWater & the 1st drop is being made TODAY 1pm eastern time at “Food Bank East Michigan” 2300 Lapeer Road flint Michigan 48503 & the 1st drop will be 1400 cases of water equaling about 33,000 bottles today & everyday that follows until 1,000,000 bottles of water are dropped !!!! To those who think it’s easy getting this water to Flint, it’s not so the people who are PLEDGING they are, show us…. We want proof !!! Stop using others tragedies for your own celebrity gain… You’re not fooling ANYONE !!!!!!!!! I seen @Madonna &@JimmyFallon’s $10,000 donations….. Well that’s cute, but not nearly enough…. So I challenge both of them & anyone else in the world to match me & DONATE $1,000,000 to Flint, Michigan & we want proof, shipping order receipts, bank wire receipts, pictures etc……….. No more pretending to give a fuck….. I donate money all the time & it comes out of my pocket, out of my bank account & never once have I written anything off on my taxes because that’s not why I do it !!!!!!!! So, if any other celebrity wants to MATCH MY MILLION here’s the site where you can donate or pick your own….. JUST MAKE SURE THE WATER ACTUALLY GETS TO THE PEOPLE WHO NEED IT !!!! & I don’t wanna see anyone else using the word “PLEDGE” in their donation or press release because we all know that that means…. “YOU JUST TALKING & TRYING TO MAKE YOURSELF LOOK LIKE A HUMANITARIAN” !!!#WaterForFlint #TheRobinHoodProject#AvitaH20Corp #SelfmadeFoundation

29th January 2016 12:52


Kanye West In the Studio Working With Kendrick Lamar & Swizz Beatz

As fans patiently wait for Kanye West to deliver his next project, Swish, the producer jumped on Twitter to share what he’s up to regarding the album. According to his tweets, Yeezy was recently in the studio with Kendrick Lamar and Swizz Beatz. West posted a photo of him and K.Dot lounging in the studio. “We just wanna thank Madlib for these 6 beat CDs he sent over #scary,” he tweeted. If they sound anything like “No More Parties in L.A.,” then expect some serious heat. The G.O.O.D. Music leader also posted a photo of a classic SP-1200 drum machine. “Had to do it,” he wrote. Hopefully, this means that West going back to the basics and giving us that soul-sampled, “Runaway” type of production. While all of this is exciting. We couldn’t be more joyful that Swizz Beatz is in the studio — possibly supervising the session — and working with Yeezy as well. Swizzy posted one photo on his Instagram account of himself, West, Don C and CyHi the Prynce in the studio together. This is especially telling because last year, CyHi dropped a purported diss song aimed at West and many thought that he was leaving the G.O.O.D. Music family. Well, it looks like things are back to normal between the two. Overall, it seems that West is still putting the finishing touches on Swish. The 38-year-old rapper-producer has only a couple of weeks left to complete the project if he plans to release the album on Feb. 11. In the meantime, enjoy the photos below. And yes, Yeezy Season has begun!

25th January 2016 11:34


RZA Breaks Silence On Martin Shkreli Album Feud: “He Bought It, He Can Do What He Wants

In a new interview with Bloomberg TV, RZA revealed how he feels about selling the Wu-Tang Clan‘s one-of-a-kind album to ‘Pharma bro’ Martin Shkreli for $2 million. And surprisingly, RZA isn’t too worried about Shkreli’s controversial public persona; the prolific rapper says Shkreli can do whatever he wants with the album. “He bought it, he can do what he wants. Art—the beautiful thing about art, from my standpoint, is that it has no discrimination,” said RZA. The interviewer then asked RZA how he felt about Shkreli calling him arrogant when Wu-Tang reportedly distanced themselves from the sale after the executive’s unsavory business practices were revealed. Shkreli was later arrested on charges related to securities fraud. Regarding RZA, Shkreli told HipHopDX in an interview, “He definitely acts like his s— doesn’t stink and he invented rap. This concept of selling one album, this s—’s backfiring for him now.” RZA responded in the best way possible – by not taking Shkreli’s claims so seriously. “What could backfire from creating a piece of art, having an idea, and to see it grow into fruition? As far as me being arrogant, it depends on what day you catch me, baby.”

8th January 2016 13:53





26th October 2016 7pm til 11:55pm

To celebrate ten years since my 1st album I'll be doing a #10YearsOfAkala tour, our largest tour yet! more info coming soon



28th October 2016 7pm til 11:55pm

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